Edition 2019



Manipulating light, Yann Pocreau makes it a medium in its own right. He includes it as a living subject and explores its effects on the narrative of his images. With Cathedral, Pocreau develops an immersive installation which reproduces the presence of light just as it would manifest itself in such a place. It is composed of a monumental photograph representing the interior of a gothic Cathedral, perforated so as to allow the light to come through. This creation is based on the fantasy of the artist who wishes to photograph the almost mystical moment when a ray of light wends its way through the stained-glass windows, when its warmth and luminance spread throughout the space. Cathedral projects a fantasized world where fragility, memory and history collide. This image representing a place of worship emerging from its planeness becomes a theater with both apocalyptic and poetic appearances, where the act itself belongs to the light.
Audrey Genois

Curator: Sam Stourdzé.
Installation produced in collaboration with MOMENTA½ Biennale de l’image (Montréal, Canada).
Prints by Quadriscan (Montréal, QC).

With support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Canadian Cultural Center Paris, and the ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie as part of the Coopération franco-québécoise (CPCFQ).

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture